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Associate Scientist, Quality Control Lab Operations

Fate Therapeutics
San Diego, CA
Start date
Apr 12, 2024

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Fate Therapeutics is looking for a motivated Associate Scientist to join the Quality Control team to oversee the Quality Control Laboratory operations. This is a cross functional and key position for successful lab management, as well as tech transfer and validation. The successful candidate will have robust experimental skills in a biotechnology, clinical, or pharmaceutical laboratory. This is a full-time, exempt position located at our corporate headquarters in San Diego, CA. 
  • Responsible for supervising all QC Laboratory operations, including lab cleaning, product testing, lab supply purchasing, lab equipment oversight and laboratory projects.
  • Act as system owner for all QC equipment qualification and equipment qualification documents.
  • Maintain instrumentation and equipment preventative maintenance and supporting documentation in a cGMP compliant manner.
  • Sample management oversight, including scheduling sample receipt, benchwork, laboratory maintenance activities, laboratory projects, data review, and data entry.
  • Coordinates all QC sample management for testing performed at external laboratories (Contract testing organizations). Interacts with suppliers and customers as needed.
  • Maintain instrumentation and equipment preventative maintenance and supporting documentation in a cGMP compliant manner.
  • Maintains GMP/GLP laboratory logbooks and documentation relevant to the duties and responsibilities assigned.
  • Perform periodic internal QC system reviews and audits, as well as participate in preparing for and representing QC in regulatory inspections.
  • Participate in cross-functional training, as well as identifying and facilitating continuous method and process improvements.
  • Revise test methods, SOPs, raw material specification, and/or sample plans as appropriate.
  • Identify and support initiation and completion of deviations, CAPAs, OOS, and laboratory investigations.
  • Perform in-process control, lot release, and stability testing using flow cytometry, qPCR, and/or cell-based assays.
  • Ensure proper and timely completion of testing and tasks assigned.
  • Report results in detailed and organized presentations and reports.
  • Participate in technical transfer, qualification, and validation protocols for QC assays.
  • Onboard new materials and reagents.

  • M.S. or B.S. degree in a scientific discipline with minimum of 5+ years of biotechnology, clinical, or pharmaceutical laboratory experience is required.
  • Prior experience working in a regulated environment (e.g., GMP, GLP, or CLIA) is highly preferred.
  • Hands on experimental skills with analytical equipment qualification and maintenance.
  • Proficiency with aseptic techniques for working with cell culture, human blood, and blood products is desired.
  • Strong scientific, analytical, problem solving, and communication skills as well as sound judgment, with the ability to work both independently and effectively with others.
  • Highly organized, detail oriented with excellent record keeping abilities, and computer proficiency.
  • Ability to work independently in a high paced team environment, to prioritize activities from multiple projects with little supervision.

Working Conditions
  • Subject to extended periods of sitting and standing, vision to monitor, and moderate noise levels.
  • Will require working with cells and cell lines of human and/or animal origin.
  • Will require working with hazardous materials.

  • The salary offer will be based on a variety of factors, including level, experience, qualifications, internal equity, and location.
  • Fate offers a competitive employment package that includes an annual bonus, equity, and a generous benefits package.
  • The anticipated salary range for this role is $95,000 - $115,000.


Fate Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to bringing a first-in-class pipeline of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived cellular immunotherapies to patients with cancer and autoimmune disorders. Using its proprietary iPSC product platform, the Company has established a leadership position in creating multiplexed-engineered iPSC lines and in the manufacture and clinical development of off-the-shelf, iPSC-derived cell products. The Company’s effector cell pipeline includes multiplexed-engineered, iPSC-derived natural killer (NK) cell and T-cell product candidates, which incorporate novel synthetic controls of cell function, such as chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) to target tumor-associated antigens and are intended to deliver multiple mechanisms of therapeutic importance to patients including in combination with well-established cancer therapies. Fate Therapeutics is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit

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12278 Scripps Summit Drive
San Diego

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